For two Western Cape mountain bikers, the path to a good education turned out to be on a snaking, dusty trail. At the recent FNB Wines2Whales mountain bike event, Luyanda Thobigunya and Lorenzo Le Roux managed to secure a life-changing opportunity for their families - a full Curro scholarship from Grade 1 to Grade 12 at any Curro school, valued at R1.2 million each. However, in a heartwarming turn of events, Thobigunya decided to nominate his co-rider, who is a father of twins, to receive his scholarship so that both Le Roux’s children can benefit.
One of the important battles of the FNB Wines2Whales, held in the Western Cape, was the race for the Exxaro jersey which took place during the Shiraz event from 1 – 3 November 2019. Meant for riders under the age of 26 from historically disadvantaged communities, there were 19 development teams of two riders taking part in this fierce competition. After a sweaty, gruelling race it was BMT Racing Team who were crowned the winners, walking away with two Curro scholarships and a cash prize.
Team members Luyanda Thobigunya and Lorenzo Le Roux were both informed before the race by their manager, Chris Norton, that the Curro scholarships were up for grabs - this turned out to be just the motivation needed. “It was a chance for our kids to have a better start in life and that is why we rode like we did!” Thobigunya explains.
Thobigunya, who works at the BMT trail centre at Boschendal, has been cycling for 15 years, with a first place at the 2015 Origins of Trails event his best performance yet. Le Roux is employed at South Industries, a local company which creates composite products for the cycling industry. This was Le Roux’s best performance from a team point of view, with his individual performance highlight being a fifth place at the STBB 4Good MTB Challenge in Stellenbosch. Asked about how it feels to secure this scholarship, Le Roux says, “This is why we ride - to constantly improve ourselves and our families.”
Marí Lategan, Head: Marketing and Communications at Curro Holdings, noted that they are thrilled to be involved in the FNB Wines2Whales. “This event is more about the journey than the destination and, as South Africa’s largest independent education provider, we’ve spotted great synergy in this message. We are looking forward to starting Le Roux’s children on the journey to an outstanding education at the Curro group of schools,” she concluded.
Gerrit Kroon, a Grade 4 learner at Curro Nelspruit, recently returned victorious from the United States where he had represented Mpumalanga at the World Biathle Championships in the under 11 boys category.
More than 420 athletes from 33 countries participated in the biathle (run-swim-run) and triathle (swim-run-shoot) from 24 to 27 October on Florida beach.
Read the full article on the Lowvelder website.
Curro schools have always been at the forefront of advanced technological and scientific offerings in the classroom, including Robotics – and we have proven our mastery at World Robotic Olympiad events over the past few years.
The 2019 World Robot Olympiad (South Africa) this year took place on 28 September 2019 – and the national ratings have just been released.
Here are the national rankings for Curro schools:
Explorer Elementary category
- GOLD 3rd: Legends (Curro Krugersdorp)
- GOLD 8th: ZJ (Curro Brackenfell)
- GOLD 10th: HipHop Buddies (Curro Krugersdorp)
- SILVER 13th: MagicDragon (Curro Brackenfell)
- SILVER 14th: Grantleigh5 (Grantleigh)
- SILVER 15th: Robotics pro's (Curro Krugersdorp)
- BRONZE 20th: Shining Stars (Curro Brackenfell)
Regular Elementary category
- 4th: Robo_Warriors (Curro Krugersdorp)
- 11th: RoadBots (Curro Brackenfell)
- 13th: Grantleigh3 (Grantleigh)
- 16th: 3 Moegoes (Curro Krugersdorp)
Regular Junior category
- 3rd: Front Runners (Grantleigh)
Open Senior category
- 4th: AVC (Curro Mount Richmore)
- 6th: Hogwarts (St Dominics Newcastle robotics club)
Football category (unranked)
- Black Shadow Sniper (Curro Heuwelkruin)
- Hazies (Curro Hazeldean)
The International World Robot Olympiad will take place from 8 to 10 November 2019.
Shane Allen, a Grade 5 learner at Curro Mount Richmore, recently started a fundraising initiative aimed at helping a local NPO improve the conditions of domestic animals.
After a recent trip to Mauritius, where Shane was saddened by the cruel conditions some animals endure, he asked his father, Ricki, how they could help. The two started to collect and sell lost golf balls – and have since switched to buying recyclable golf balls in bulk to keep up. They have raised R1 500 already and some of Shane's golfing buddies have committed to matching the amount, thereby raising the total to R3 000.
The funds will go to Humans Helping Animals, a non-profit organisation (NPO) based in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal. They educate people in the community on being responsible pet owners and assist with the sterilisation of animals to prevent more strays from roaming the streets.
Through his actions, Shane is the embodiment of what Curro hopes to instill through our #Learners2Leaders campaign: learners taking initiative, showing leadership by turning thought into action to the benefit of those around them.
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Curro Hazeldean has a budding tennis star on its hands. Grade 2 learner Kholo Montsi recently 6 out of 7 singles titles at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tour – after only a few years of playing tennis.
According to the Pretoria East Rekord, Kholo will soon be competing in his first ITF Grade A semifinal singles in Cape Town.